Texas State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012


View a comprehensive summary of new state laws enacted in 2013 and 2014.



Among other things, Texas requires the reporting of mentally ill individuals to the federal database used for firearm purchaser background checks.

Texas law does not, however:

In 2010, Texas had the 24th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In addition, according to data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Texas exported the fourth largest number of crime guns among the states. Texas also is consistently the state that supplies the greatest number of crime guns to Mexico. In 2009, 40% of the Mexican crime guns that were traced to the U.S. were originally sold in Texas.

Texas Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Texas, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.